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Spaying & Neutering Kittens: After Care

Posted July 24, 2016

We are pleased to announce two new NHV family members, Jonika and Zimba. These two adorable baby kittens are rescues that we adopted through VOKRA (Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association).  

All VOKRA cats are housed in foster homes, where they get to start life experiencing the love of human companionship while playing with their littermates and other foster furry children. Jonika and Zimba were at two wonderful foster homes.  Upon visiting them, it was love at first site!!  What was supposed to be an adoption of a single kitten ended up being of two kittens—so exciting!  Both of these kittens had siblings that were adopted, so it only seemed fitting that we adopt them both.

Jonika is our little girl, and Zimba our little boy. It is important to spay and neuter all companion animals. Not only does this help them with long term health (spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast tumors, and neutering helps prevent testicular cancer and prostate problems), it also helps control the pet population.  According to the ASPCA approximately 7.6 million animals are in shelters every year.

Did you know that approximately 2.7 million animals are euthanized yearly?  

Did you know a cat can become pregnant at the age of 4 months?

In fact when we picked up Zimba his foster mum had just taken a new batch of kittens. The mother of this new batch of kittens  was only 6 months old, a kitten herself. She was pregnant at four months.

So please spay and neuter your companion animals.  

Jonika and Zimba were taken into the vet to be spayed and neutered this week.  Neutering is not hard on a male kitten and recovery is very quick.  Spaying is more taxing on a female cat, which is why they have IV fluids during the procedure. Recovery is also longer for a female.

Our two little fur babies came back home with their cones and are now lovingly called our “cone heads”.  She was more groggy from the anesthetic and seemed to be in more in pain.  He on the other hand was trying to figure out how to get his cone off.  The “backward walking” or trying to push through a wall was not a success!!

It’s interesting how species do not differ, be it humans or animals!  Zimba is a typical male—he came home from his surgery and was totally feeling sorry for himself.  He was meowing up a storm and wanted to be held, petted and cooed over.  Jonika on the other hand was a typical female—“leave me alone and let me suffer in silence”.

In order to help with recovery and speed up the healing process, both babies are on NHV Stimmune, which is helpful in preventing infections, and contains herbs that are antibiotic. NHV Yucca – the yucca is being used as a natural pain remedy due to its anti-inflammatory properties and to help with appetite after surgery.

Both our precious little babies are doing well and we feel so lucky to have them.  They have brought a lot of laughter and joy to the NHV Family.  

 

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